Happy Friday, everyone! This week I finished our Adulting for Teens series of videos, which made me think of some of my favorite graphic novels about adulting. Read these if you need a good laugh, or just something low-key to distract you from reality for a bit.
Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection: In Sarah Andersen's bestselling Sarah's Scribbles trilogy, she writes with humor and candor about what being an adult is actually like. I particularly enjoy the comics that juxtapose childhood thoughts about adulthood with what it's really like when you're here. It’s been a relief to find that many things I worried about as a kid are not actually a big deal now.
Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously: Adam Ellis writes about such universal adult experiences as bequeathing your collected Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupons to your eldest child on your death bed. And, you know, other stuff that I’ve thought about and maybe you have too, or maybe adult decisions you never even considered having to make, like what happens when you get really into buying crystals. (It was Funkos for me.)
Satoko and Nada: This sweet story of two roommates studying abroad in the U.S. is about food, friendship, and what being an adult looks like when you’re far from home, trying to make new friends, and navigating a new culture. Satoko is from Japan and Nada is from Saudi Arabia, and they’re both college students living on their own for the first time. The first three volumes are out now, and volume four will be the last, which is bittersweet, because I really enjoy these characters, but I also love a short manga in which protagonists learn and grow together.
Deep Dark Fears: All of us have fears, and this collection (as well as its sequel, The Creeps) prove that becoming an adult doesn't mean outgrowing all your irrational fears. In fact, this book demonstrates that what one person finds scary might be funny to you (especially in comic form). Most of these are so outlandish that you probably won’t pick up any new fears, and I cannot stress this enough: at least reading these comics might distract you from your very real and rational fears about reality as it presently stands. So, rest assured that your reflection is probably never going to come out of the mirror and get you. Probably.
Our Super Adventure: Sarah Graley writes and draws the adventures of herself, her boyfriend Stef, and their four cats. The art here is fantastic, and the series (which is on Instagram and in book form: ALSO THEIR CURRENT KICKSTARTER IS ALMOST FINISHED) is a great reminder that becoming an adult doesn't mean you have to stop having fun. In fact, you get to make more choices about what your life looks like, how many pets you have, and how late you stay up playing video games. (...sometimes you will stay up too late. It happens.)
Be Everything at Once: In these comics, Dami Lee explores being from South Korea and growing up in Texas; pursuing a career as a cartoonist; and what it’s like trying to figure out who you are as a young adult. These comics also focus on travel, dogs, pop culture, relationships, and snacks: in my opinion, some of the most important components of adulting! (And if you follow Dami Lee and other artists on Instagram, you’ll have fun discovering who knows who in real life: sometimes they’ll even show up in each other’s comics!)
What’s your favorite graphic novel about adulting?
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